Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy appointed Jim Stritzinger executive director of Connect South Carolina. Stritzinger assumed his role on July 1. He will lead Connect South Carolina as it continues its work connecting communities to broadband and technology.
“The synergies between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy were obvious to me when we began our partnership about 18 months ago,” said Stritzinger. “Since I’ve been a member of South Carolina’s Broadband Advisory Council over that time, my transition to Connect South Carolina is a natural and exciting evolution. I am honored to join the Connected Nation team, and I look forward to traveling around the state and shaping programs that will hopefully turn into best practices nationally.”
“Our recent partnership announcement between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy shows our commitment to helping more communities get connected and helping more workers increase their skills through technology expansion in South Carolina,” said Connected Nation President and COO Tom Ferree. “Jim is a great fit for the organization. The future is bright for the Connect South Carolina program.”
Before joining Connect South Carolina, Stritzinger served as the director of the Grow IT initiative at IT-oLogy, where he worked with organizations that leverage information technology talent either to directly develop technology products and services or indirectly support the needs of business operations.
Stritzinger is an electrical engineer, software developer and entrepreneur. He is a fellow with the Liberty Fellowship.
Stritzinger replaces Heather Jones, who left Connect South Carolina in April to become executive director of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance.
A subsidiary of nonprofit Connected Nation, Connect South Carolina works to increase broadband access, adoption and use to ensure South Carolina’s competitiveness in the connected global economy.
Connect South Carolina is a public-private partnership that works with the state’s broadband providers to make detailed maps of coverage and to assess the current state of broadband adoption, community by community, across South Carolina.
IT-oLogy is a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations that aims to develop the IT talent pipeline and advance the IT profession.